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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Prairie Daze Hudson, July 12, 1980

Fraternity outhouse race, 1980.

Acacia fraternity members from Illinois Wesleyan University compete in the outhouse race at Hudson’s Prairie Daze summer fest back in 1980.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Another One Bites the Dust Mar-Len Hotel, June 1988

Demolition of Mar-Len Hotel, 1988.

Ross Griffin of Stark Excavating keeps an eye on crane operator John Quiram as he makes short work of the Mar-Len Hotel, 309 N. Center St., in early June 1988.

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T-H-A-N-K-S-G-I-V-I-N-G 1980 Towanda Grade School

Thanksgiving grade school play, 1980.

Towanda Grade School kindergartners perform Thanksgiving themed poems and songs for their parents the week of Thanksgiving 1980.

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Labor Day Parade Bloomington, 1985

Labor Day parade, 1985.

“Buy American—Save the USA” was the theme for the September 2, 1985, Labor Day parade.

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Salute from a Korean War Vet- Memorial Day 1982

Robert R. “Bob” Neal salutes a fallen veteran at Bloomington’s Park Hill Cemetery, Memorial Day 1982.

Robert R. “Bob” Neal salutes a fallen veteran at Bloomington’s Park Hill Cemetery, Memorial Day 1982.

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Photo of the Week, 113: Good Food on the 'Mother Road'

A 75-year-old Nelva Menzel, longtime waitress at the Dixie Trucker’s Home, is seen here in late 1981

A 75-year-old Nelva Menzel, longtime waitress at the Dixie Trucker’s Home, is seen here in late 1981. By this time she had already put in 32-plus years at the Route 66 landmark in the Village of McLean, located some 15 miles south of Bloomington.

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Photo of the Week, 86: Thirty Year Anniversary of ISU Beer Riot 'Brouhaha'

On October 3, 1984, Illinois State University students protested new Town of Normal liquor ordinances designed to control large off-campus keg parties. Students called the measures draconian, and some took out their frustrations on public and private property in Uptown Normal. Rioters, according to an AP report,

On October 3, 1984, Illinois State University students protested new Town of Normal liquor ordinances designed to control large off-campus keg parties.

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Photo of the Week, 33: Bow Tie Brainpower

On February 7, 1980, Democratic Party stalwart Paul Simon (wearing a bow tie as usual) echoed many Stevensonian themes in his address. “There is a danger in an election year that we cheer or jeer rather than think, that we react more than we reflect, and that we respond to national need with national cynicism."

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